1990s to Today: How Has Generating Interest for the Response to HIV and AIDS Changed?
JUL 27, 2017 | CONTAGION® EDITORIAL STAFF
Jake Glaser, Founder, Modern Advocate; Ambassador, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and Member, End AIDS Coalition, discusses how generating interest for the response to HIV and AIDS has changed since the 1990s.
Interview Transcript (slightly modified for readability):
“The difference in generating the attention and the response to HIV and AIDS from the 1990s [to today] is a 180° switch from what we knew. We [now] live in a world of unprecedented technology and connectivity; we have the amazing tool of social media. The opportunity to deliver information and grow education is much easier, and much more real-time than it ever was. It is a very positive thing (no pun intended) to be able to educate a very large population of people in a very short period of time with the right strategy. That’s something that the End AIDS Coalition is going to be focusing on, alongside a lot of other topics that need to be addressed.
But, being able to find collaborations, the right influencers, and the right mediums to be able to speak about awareness...to be able to educate on prevention and to let people know the status of HIV in the world today is something that has evolved in incredible ways. We live in a very positive reality now and in a very promising world, to be able to affect a new generation in a way that is going to, hopefully, ensure that they will not have to confront, or deal with, HIV in the future.”
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